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Calabasas High Students Win Multiple Awards in Arts, Academics, and Extracurriculars


Calabasas High Students Win Multiple Awards in Arts, Academics, and Extracurriculars

Calabasas High School has been on a winning streak in the 2019 school year. Recently, extracurricular programs in the areas of arts, business, and academics have all been honored. After the Woolsey Fire created setbacks in preparation, practice, and planning, the awards this year are especially meaningful to CHS.

First and foremost, the Academic Decathlon team brought home first place in the 38th Annual Ventura County Academic Decathlon competition under the leadership of Coach Tyler Lee. Students competed in essay, interview, speech, math, music, language and literature, economics, science, social science, and art categories.

The team of all brand new faces were evacuated and could not practice for two weeks during the Woolsey Fire. Showing their resilience, they bounced back, worked hard, and demonstrated tenacity. “This year’s victory is very special to us, given all that our community has been through,” shared LVUSD Superintendent Dr. Dan Stepenosky, “Coach Lee and the students demonstrate the values of resilience and persistence that we try to instill in all students.”

Secondly, the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) at Calabasas High School saw 18 out of their 47 student club make the state competition. Five of the students in the program brought back first place honors. These students include: Brandon Goldflam, Sydney Goldflam, Sindhu Srivas, Kevin Fisher and Alexander Kahn.

“Congratulations to FBLA advisor David Rivas and our incredible students. Their hard work, commitment, and vision paid off and I couldn’t be more proud,” said CJ Foss, Principal of Calabasas High School.

Finally, CHS’s Unstrumental group became the first group ever to win 1st place in back-to-back years at the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival. The students competed with top collegiate groups from around the country. CHS student Maddy Lasker was awarded for Outstanding Female Solo for her performance of the hit song Dream On.Unstrumental continues to defy the odds in competing and winning against college-level teams,” said Foss, “They exemplify the value and community’s commitment to the arts.”

As the community recovers from the events of last November, these celebrations remind us of the tenacity of our children in the face of adversity.